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thanks for watching. >>> welcome bah al jazeera america. i'm stephanie sy here are the stories we're following for you. >> god thank you for the gift of [ inaudible ]. thank you for watchi watching -- letting us know we can become. >> across the globe people are celebrating the life of nelson mandela. >>> a new report reveals the jobs picture is brightening, and unemployment is falling. >>> and a major ice storm sweeps across the country, cutting power and delaying travel. >>> across the world people are remembers nelson mandela. there is mourning. but also celebration for the life of a man who changed a nation and became a global icon by sheer force of character. there will be public remembrances for the next week and a half culminating in a state funeral. nick reports from johannesberg. >> reporter: for south africans today is for mourning. madeba as he was known widely was the father of this country. >> somehow we believe that [ inaudible ] but we'll have to accept the humble request of [ inaudible ] to come together and mourn. >> reporter: he might have been sick for a long ti
>> welcome to al jazeera america. i'm stephanie sy. here are the stories that we're following for you. investigators were sent in to interview train operators to see what caused a deadly derailment in new york city. the white house said that it's s successful with healthcare.gov it is cyber monday. crews are up righting toppled rail cars as searchers looking for what caused the derailment from new york city. dozens of people were hurt. and the accident is having an huge impact on one of the nation's biggiest commuter rail line. john terrett is in the bronx where they are trai the train c. >> reporter: we're seeing significant progress in righting the derailed train cars. i'll stand aside so our cameraman can go right in so you can see what happened over 24 hours since the accident that killed four people, injured 63, 11 of them seriously. as the second railcar which we think is the four who died were sitting, and most of the injured. and as far as we can tell from our vantage point here those are the only two carriages from yesterday's crashed train which remains off the rails
>> welcome to al jazeera america. i'm stephanie sy. here are the top stories we're following for you. >> our mission is to understand not just what happened, but why it happened. >> investigative teams try to find out what caused a deadly train derailment. >>> and using drones to make deliveries. one company's futuristic vision for getting packages to their customers. >>> plus the killing of henry glubber. a retrail in the wake of hurricane katrina. >> crews are working tory move toppled rail cars as investigators look into what caused sunday's deadly train derailment in new york city. >> our mission is to oh understand not only what happened but why it happened with the intent of it ever happening again. >> four people died when a manhattan-bound train jumps the trans in a riverside curve in the bronx. and the derailment is having a huge impact on one of the nation's busiest commuter rail line. we're in the bronx where those train cars derailed. john, explain what you're seeing now. >> reporter: good afternoon. the hudson line is one of the busiest commuter rodz i routes e w
>>> welcome to al jazeera america. i'm stephanie sy, here are the stories we're following for you. a key ruling on detroit's bankruptcy filing is handed down. >>> new efforts to bring home an american detained in in cuba. >>> plus the white house prepares a new defense of the affordable care act. the president is set to speak a few hours from now. ♪ >>> we have breaking news to report to you out of detroit. the judge in the bankruptcy filing there that was ruling on the edgeablety has ruled that detroit can proceed with its bankruptcy filings. let's go straight to our reporter in report. bisi onile-ere. bisi, the judge has made the ruling. what is at steak here? >> reporter: there are a number of things at steak. retiree pensions are on the line. these are checks that people depend on every month. and masterpieces at the detroit institutes of art could be auctioned off to help get the city back on financial footing. this hearing has been going on for about an hour now. and the judge put together a 180-page report detailing his decision to declare the city bankrupt. as you can se
>>> welcome to al jazeera america. i'm stephanie sy. we're following breaking news. a u.s. judge has ruled detroit is eligible for are bankruptcy. here is the detroit mayor now with reaction. let's listen in. >> let me just say that the judge has spoken, and i do think it's a tough day for all of us here in detroit. i believe since i came to office, with the crisis that we had, this was inevitable. i don't think anybody necessarily wanted to go in this direction, but now that we're here, it's more important that we work together as opposed to continuing to fight each other. it's very, very important, i think, that we respect the fact that the emergency manager has the key to the city at this point in time. my relationship with kevin has been positive from the beginning, you know, we don't agree on everything, but at the same token we do it in a very respectful way. i know there are a lot of people that are upset, that are concerned about their futures, but we are now starting from square one. there are going to be a lot of negotiations yet to come. there's going to be a lot of pu
>> welcome to al jazeera america i'm stephanie sy. here are the stories we are following for you. >> the end of the year means the end of unemployment benefits for more than a million americans. a congressional committee addresses the problem. >> some fast food workers are striking across the country we'll talk to a single mom to explain why they need a raise. >> secretary osecretary of staty goes to israel to talk over a deal with iran and middle east peases. ♪ peace >> we begin with nguye new encog unemployment figures. they show a fix year low in the number of people applying for one employment blown fits. benefits. the labor department is reporting an average of 200,000 new jobs from august to october. the employment firm says employers announced fewer layoffs last month. but that leaves an important decision ahead for congress if law macerlawmakers don't act son 1.3 million people could lose their unemployment insurance in 23 days. libby casey joinin joins us livm capital. capitol hill. what is on the table. leader pelosi i is holding a hearing today to raise concern. the
>>> welcome to al jazeera america. i'm stephanie sy. here are the stories we're following for you. unemployment benefits at a critical point. more than a million people will lose their aid three days after christmas if congress doesn't act. >>> some fast-food workers are striking across the country. >>> two major sites were hit by a mass hack attack. ♪ >>> we begin with encouraging jobs news out today. weekly unemployment claims fell below 3300,000. but still 11 million americans remain out of work. let's find out what lawmakers are doing about benefits. libby good morning, what is on the table? >> well, democrats are pushing for an extension of these long-term unemployment ben fitteds. these were created during the recession to help americans who were out of a job more than six months. so now the federal government allows them for about 18 months. that expires on december 28th just a couple of days before christmas. some democrats held a hearing to hear from americans who benefited from these benefits. one is lisa floyd. she shared her personal story. she worked for a hospice o
dementia. [ ♪ music ] >> hello, this is al jazeera america. i'm stephanie sy, in new york. a stunning development out of north korea. the country's official news agency says the uncle of leader kim jong un has been executed, this days after he was abruptly removed from his military post for allegedly trying to overthrow the government. he was once the nation's second-most powerful figure. >> the public humiliation of a powerful man. these images were taken last week when jon sung tek, uncle of north korean kim jong un was removed from a meeting. he is now dead, named a trader and executed. >> the north media reports a list of allegations. the statement reads that the accused is a traitor for the nations for all ages. acts in a bid to overthrow the party, the state and the socialist system. he's called despicable scum, worse than a dog. it adds: >> this is the latest move in what appears to be a significant reshuffle of people around kim, all aimed at solidifying power in the hands of the young leader. >> this is a figure who, himself, controls significant material resources and person
>> welcome to al jazeera america, i'm stephanie sy. here are the stories we're following. the train in new york city, killing four people. >>> is something else ailing obamacare? >>> taxing online sales. the supreme court has its say. >>> federal investigators are now looking at the black boxes of a train that derailed in new york city on sunday. they want to know what caused the train to jump the tracks, killing four people and injuring dozens more. crews cleared the tracks so service could resume on one of the busiest train lines. jonathan, good afternoon. how are the cleanup efforts going right now? >> well, stephanie, i would say crews are on the final stretches of work, at least here on the scene they brought on a out a cadaver dog. they uprighted most of the cars at this point. this is the final car. if you can see through the bushes here you'll see that final car there. they were just able to upright with these large cranes that they've been using and they've been hauling the other cars away. in fact the one you've been looking at, the earlier video, this is the car that was
jazeera america. i'm ste -- stephanie sy. president obama is set to speak in a few minutes about the economy. >>> a top hezbollah leader is killed. the lebanese group says he was assassinated. ♪ >>> the u.s. economy is growing but so is the income gap between the rich and the poor. president obama will talk about how to change that and other aspects of the economy when he speaks at a washington think tank in just a few minutes. mike viqueira joins us from washington. mike, good morning, what are some of the main points the president is expected to address? >> reporter: you are right, the president turning a page now after the last two months healthcare.gov debacle. he is going to talk about the grows gap between rich and poor. it's not a new story or a new subject for president obama. he talked ariel castro it two years ago in a benchmark speech in kansas. and he spoke a little bit about in this year's state of the union. the top 1% in this country have seen their income triple over the course of the last 28 years, meanwhile the middle class has scene their income grow at a mod
>> welcome to al jazeera america. i'm stephanie sy. here are the stories we're foulinfollowing for. >> you i believe this is the challenging time of our tame. >> president obama said its time for a higher minimum wage. as the year winds down so does congress but big bills we main on the table. >>> and looking for a stolen truck carrying extremely dangerous radioactive material. >> the clock is ticking on the first session of the 113th congress. house is back in session bu sest the senate is still on break. libby casey joins us now from capitol hill with more. good afternoon, liby 2347 that's right, congress has a lot on its plate including the farm bill. if they don't get a farm bill passed it could cause a for the food stamp program and it could cause a problem for milk. the defense authorization act has to get passed, and unemployment benefits. long term unemployment benefits expired and they need to be renewed. president obama weighed in on that one. >> by the way, christmastime is not the time for congress to tell 1 million that they no lo longer have employment benefits. >> th
america i'm stephanie sy, inside story is next. but it's hardly alone in its efforts to solve the burden of runaway debt. i'm ray suarez. bankruptcy lessons learn and the real impact on people's lives. that's the "inside story." >> in the 1950s, a gm ceo famously said what is good for our country is good for general motors, and vice versa. as the auto industry sank it took it's capitol of detroit with it. today the city is shrinking and broke. to solve its financial crisis detroit will have to cut city workers pensions. illinois just pass emergency legislation to tackle $100 billion shortfall in its pension obligations. that's huge money and people will pay the price. on this edition of inside story we'll look at the trade-offs and solutions when balance sheets teeter to the brink of disaster, and we start in detroit. >> let me just say that the judge has spoken, and i do think it's a tough day for all of us here in detroit [♪ music ] >> once the nation's fourth largest city, the heart of the auto industry and the soul of american music today's detroit is a portrait of urban
the memorial service for the late former president. >> welcome to al jazeera america. i'm stephanie sy. as a power struggle grips thailand the prime minister calls for fresh elections. the thousands of protesters in the capital say it's not enough. wayne hay has the latest from bangkok. >> there's no indication from the anti-government protesters that the announcement from the prime minister yingluck shinawatra, that she will dissolve parliament. the goals have changed. they said they would accept the solution and the resignation of the prime minister. that changed into the goal being the removal of the thaksin shinawatra regime - referring to the former prime minister ousted in a coup in 2006 and lives in self-impressed exile. his cysister, yingluck shinawat is the prime minister at the moment. >> at the moment they are continuing a push towards of the office of the prime minister, government house, where they say this will be their final attempt to remove this go. . >> wayne hay reporting from bangkok. as he alluded to the tensions between thailand's political party goes back more fa
'm stephanie sy. we do have breaking news out of afghanistan. there was an explosion near the u.s. embassy on thursday, near the kabul capital city. it was near a major traffic circle outside the main entrance. it was steps away interest n.a.t.o.'s international security assistance force office. yesterday a suicide bomber attacked a german convoy entering an ifas building. >> a seismic change in policy from the food and drug administration. the agency wants to phase out the use of certain antibiotics in cows and chickens raised for meat. it's the first attempt at curbing the use of antibiotics in healthy animals. we have more. >> giving antibiotics to livestock has been common practice on american farms. in 2011 nearly 30 million pounds of drugs were sold in the u.s. for meat and poultry production. farmers use them to keep livestock healthy and for animals to grow faster. there's a risk for people. overusing antibiotics in animals allows resistant strains of bacteria to evolve. they sicken millions each year, killing 23,000 people. that concern is driving the fta to phase out certain anti
'm stephanie sy. a developing story out of afghanistan. taliban fighters have attacked an american military base. it happened in the province near the pakistani border. the talibany opened fire on the base and tried to enter the base. no international security forces at the base were hurt. >> six american soldiers were killed in another incident in afghanistan. a black hawk helicopter crashed in a remote part of the county. one soldier was rescued from the crash. it's the single deadliest accident in months. n.a.t.o. says no insurgent activity was in the area at the time. mechanical failure could be to blame. >> exists from the top tech companies met with president obama, urging the president to rain in surveillance programs. the meeting comes after a ruling that the agencies data collection likely contravened the constitution. >> tech titans were here at the white house - google, microsoft, yahoo, netflix. they are concerned. they feel their businesses are at stake. the privacy of customers is at stake. they want accountability, transparency, restrictions on government spying, internet spy
-- the big game. >> welcome to al jazeera america, i'm stephanie sy. the n.s.a. has been under fire for months following edward snowden's disclosure of a massive collection of phone records in the u.s. and around the world. as al jazeera's john siegenthaler reports a presidential panel is calling for changes in the way the n.s.a. does business. >> the 46 recommendations spelt out in the 300-page report are surprising and sweeping. the panel, chosen by president obama, is urging that the n.s.a. stop collecting and mining phone calls from americans. advisors say that surveillance program creates risks to public trust, personal privacy and civil liberty. they urge that spying on foreign citizens, and world leaders must be carried out by a duly enactive law or special order. >> we need to ensure intelligence sources are supporting foreign policies, that we are weighing the risks of rewards and activities, to ensure that we are focus the on the threat to american people. the president has been cleared, as we review efforts and make changes in how we do things, we will not harm our abilit
for big changes in our blood pressure is treated. but not all doctors are on board. stephanie sy has our story. >> reporter: treatment of the most common chronic medical condition in the united states is seeing its first major change in 30 years. one in three americans have high blood pressure, but new guidelines say older people can tolerate higher blood pressure levels before undergoing treatment. up to a level of 150 over 90. >> now i think based on the guidelines you can feel comfortable saying if you have that patient below 150, you are at your goal. >> reporter: the committee didn't find enough evidence that using medication to lower blood pressure at the previous threshold improved health. they cited the adverse effects associated with some medications. >> patients may get side effects from different medicines. there may be drug-drug interaction, and the complexity of taking so many different drugs, really makes it cult for many patients to adhere to the regimen. >> reporter: the panel found less medication could mean an decrease in patients with dry mouth, fainting, dizziness and
>> this is al jazeera america. live from new york city. i'm stephanie sy with a look at today's top stories. in beirut a car bomb has killed it's former finance minister. the united states has condemned the attack. >>> in egypt there was heavy fighting between anti-coup protesters and forces across the country. three people were killed and 250 arrested. the clashes come days after the interim government declared the muslim brotherhood a terrorist organization. >>> the aclu said it will appeal a federal judges rulin ruling e national security agency surveillance is legal. another judge said that it violates constitution. >>> target's pin inscription. hackers stole names and numbers from 40 million debit and credit card users. target said its confident that pins are secure. >>> police have released thousands of documents related to the mass shooting of sandy ham elementary in december of last year. 26 people were killed including 20 children. this is the culmination of the investigation. i'm stephanie sy. "real money" is coming up next. >> addicted to deals, the hard look at retail s
america. i'm stephanie sy. >> a fiery oil train collision has forced the evacuation of a small north dakota town. the accident hopped outside the town of castleden west of fargo. a train derailed monday afternoon, and another carrying crude oil ran into it, setting off a series of explosions that burnt 21 railcars. the county sheriff's office is recommending nearby residents evacuate because of thick smoke pouring from the crash site. containing the site has been challenging because of temperatures near negative 20 degrees. >> a temporary reprieve for the family of a girl declared brain dead. a judge granted an extension to keep her on life support for another week. melissa chan joins us to talk about the ongoing legal battle. >> according to the hospital jahi mcmath was dead weeks ago when she went into cardiac arrest shortly after her operation. the family disagrees and went to court. >> i have to do what's right for jahi mcmath. >> a judge granted a one-week extension of life support. >> our attorneys filed a new complaint in federal court filing an order and injunction. we also s
thousands of lives. stephanie sy has the story. >> reporter: this man lit up his first cigarette in a fox hole during world war ii. >> one of the guys said it will help settle you down. >> reporter: decades later he was diagnosed with lung cancer after a ct scan. he is one of the lucky ones, lung cancer the leading cause of all cancer deaths in the us. a panel of experts recommends that adults who are heavy smokers, be given a low dose annual ct scan in an effort to detect early signs of cancer. the group also recommends screenings for those who have quit until the last 15 years. the decision was praised by some such as this expert. she estimates the new guidelines could save more than 30,000 lives a year. >> we're thrilled with this result. we think that this will make a big difference. many people will be able to enjoy a very productive life once they get screened and it is detected early. >> without the early screening program, i would not be here right now, no question about it. >> reporter: the findings could effect roughly 10 million people, but not everyone should be screened, incl
edition of al jazeera news. i'm stephanie sy, thank you for watching. >> al jazeera america is the only news channel that brings you live news at the top of every hour. >> here are the headlines at this hour. >> only on al jazeera america. >> start with one issue education... gun control... the gap between rich and poor... job creation... climate change... tax policy... the economy... iran... healthcare... ad guests on all sides of the debate. >> this is a right we should all have... >> it's just the way it is... >> there's something seriously wrong... >> there's been acrimony... >> the conservative ideal... >> it's an urgent need... and a host willing to ask the tough questions >> how do you explain it to yourself? and you'll get... the inside story ray suarez hosts inside story weekdays at 5 eastern only on al jazeera america is. >> i'm a police officer. i know in fact i'll end up.marrying an asian girl. i just know that. >> my name is gordon. i'm a white caucasian male. it makes no difference where she's from within the asian subcontinent. >> that was a clip from debbie l
america. i'm stephanie sy here are the stories we're following for you. >> god thank you for the gift of [ inaudible ]. thank you for watchi watching -- letting us know we can become. >> across the globe people are celebrating the life of nelson mandela. >>> a new report reveals the jobs picture is brightening, and unemployment is falling. >>> and a major ice storm sweeps across the
'm stephanie sy. have a great evening. environmental concerns. our digital producer wajahat ali, tweet him a lot. waj, big agendas both sides. our community has big things to say about it. >> deeply polarizing, using the hashtag #ajam stream, we talk about, we don't get oil from north america. if true, why destroy our land. peter talks about the farmers, talk about the land that's going to be condemned. the flip side, oil will be moved one way or the other, all these name callers they should grow up and then anna says my support for this pipeline is based on the current geopolitical reality. we'll somehow figure this all out in 26 minutes. >> they're stacked up. how do people debate. the key stone southern leg is supposed to be ready in 2016. this part of the pipeline still has to be approved by president obama, since it crosses the border. activists and land owners, say, it's not going to be going in without a fight. >> what's at stake is civilization at the baseline. >> adds to higher carbon emissions contributing to climate change. will provide much needed jobs and energy independence.
america. i'm stephanie sy. here are the top story we are following this hour - syrian rebels will no longer receive nonlethal assistance like body armour from the united states. the u.s. was worried the supplies were seized by fighters with links to al qaeda. humanitarian aid will continue. >> 365,000 americans have signed up for health insurance through online exchanges. enrolment triple the since october. health secretary kathleen sebelius called for an inquiry. >> the national transportation safety board deterne
jazeera america. i'm stephanie sy. >> how deeply does the you income gap affect your every day life? >> our digital producer is bringing you ive feed >> how deeply does the you income gap affect your every day life? >> our digital producer is bringing you live feed >> it is the size of the gap, the numbers are stunning. our producer tweeted out the c.o. to average pay worker ratio was 20-1 back in the day, today 273-1. steve replies who cares, what your c.e.o. makes has no difference to address vaning your career. it's like twenties% owns 80% of the wealth. it's up to the american people to insist our legislatures do something about this problem. matthew says what purpose does an unfettered economy serve. >> when it comes to the unequal distribution of wealth, president obama calls income inequality the defining challenge of our time. >> since 1979, our economy has more than doubled in size, but most of that growth has flowed to a fortunate few. the top 10% no longer takes in one third of hour income, it now takes half whereas in the past, the average c.e.o. made 20 to 30 times the
san diego matched. you're watching al jazeera, i'm stephanie sy. clsz detroit is not alone. chicago's public pensions are short $28 billion and the city that works is in trouble. our digital producer, ra raj is here, and most people are familiar with detroit's crisis, but chicago's is whooshes. >> people have been streaming:. however, on facebook, we have the flip side: >> yeah, and there's a lot of subtext to this covering. >> it would be easier if michael jordan came today. >> it would be nice, right? a super hero? the city's pension systems for the police and city laborers were sort by $20 billion by the entof 2012. and to put that in perspective, for every dollar owed. there's only 20 cents in the bank, and that doesn't even include the teachers, which has it's own $8 billion shortfall. so that all adds up to that $28 billion hole that we were talking about. just this month, the state legislature put into law rules that will help to fix it. elaine has been active on the new legislation. and joining us, fred, a retired k-5 art teacher out of chicago. the former president of the
>> welcome to al jazeera. i'm stephanie sy. here are the top stories we are following at this hour. there has been another bombing in the russian city of volgograd. 15 were killed in the attack on a trolley bus. the latest blast coming a day after 17 were killed in a suicide bombing at a train station in the same city. volgograd is 600 miles south of moscow and 600 miles north of sochi, where the winter olympics will be held in six weeks. this is the third such attack in the russian city in two months. the u.s. is condemning the attacks saying it stand with russia against terrorism. >> saudi arabia has offered $3 billion to the lebanese army to help fight. in central african republic, youths on the run after clashing with government forces. >> a russian ship is stuck in ice off the coast of antarctica. rescue was hampered by weather conditions. 74 passengers were on board the vessel. rescue attempts earlier were not successful. "talk to al jazeera" is up next. the stone from the shepherd's sling strikes the phi philistine in the head. perhaps david wasn't the underdog we all though
miles per hour your. >> good to have you with us. welcome to al jazeera america. >> i'm stephanie sy. an attorney for william rockefeller said his client was in a daze. four passengers were killed, dozens injured when the train went off the track. we have the latest on the investigation. >> for the first time since sunday's metro north derailment outside metro city attention is drifting away focussing on the train's engineer. >> simply put, based on this data there's no indication that the break's systems were not suffering. >> on tuesday two members from william rockefeller's camp suggested human area was to blame. his attorney said he was daze the suffering highway hypnosis. william rockefeller revealed that he had nodded off to a union official. >> sometimes a momentary nod, whatever that might be, how long it lasts, i can't answer that. he caught himself, but too late. >> william rockefeller has been with metro north for 20 years, serving 11 as an engineer. it's the critical seconds before the crash that will be scrutinized, including whether he had enough sleep. >> william rocke
. ♪ good morning and welcome to al jazeera america. i'm stephanie sy. in an 84-15 vote the senate passed a sweeping new defense budget which now awaits president obama's signature. the bill gives the pentagon more than $552 billion to cover standard military expenditures and almost $# -- 81 billion to pay forward in afghanistan and cracks down on rape and sexual assault in the military tripping them to overturn convictions and loosens restrictions at guantanamo bay making it easy for them to transfer prisoners out of the facility. the national defense authorization act is the first defense bill to overhall the way sexual assault cases are handled in the armed services. the 30 sexual assault provisions were spearheaded by senate women in response to what the pentagon called an epidemic. legislation means that victims must be provided with legal counsel. it eliminates the statute of limitations for courts marshall in sexual as -assault and dishonorable discharge for any person convicted of sexual assault and one key amendment not included in the bill, a proposal to remove it from the mili
children. thanks for watching al jazeera america, i'm stephanie sy, techknow is next. . >>> hello and welcome. i'm phil torres, we'll talk about innovations that will change laughs. we'll look at hardware. this is a show about science by scin histories. kyle hill is an engineer, and he's investigating head-to-head combat and cutting edge technology that can help to detect a concussion before it's too late. >> lindsay moran is an ex-c.i.a. operative. she was packaging that can one day replace polysterene. rachelle oldmixon specialises in behaviours. i'm phil torres, i study insects in peru. that's our team. let's do some science. ♪ music ] >> hi, guy, welcome back to "techknow." i'm phil torres, with rochelle, kyle and lindsay. kyle, the nfl paid over three-quarters of a million to settle a lawsuit. what was it about. >> there's a focus on the concussion problem. the nfl has thousands of place, and millions of players in youth and challenge football. i went to virginia tech to look at technology to test helmets and track hits on college and youth players. let's take a look. . >>
america. i'm stephanie sy. here are the top stories we're following for you. >> our mission is to understand not just what happened, but why it happened. >> investigative teams try to find out what caused a deadly train derailment. >>> and using drones to make deliveries. one company's futuristic vision for getting packages to their customers. >>> plus the killing of henry glubber. a retrail in the wake of hurricane katrina. >> crews are working tory move
"inside story." in washington, i'm ray suarez. >>> welcome to al jazeera america. i'm stephanie sy. we're following breaking news. a u.s. judge has ruled detroit is eligible for are bankruptcy. here is the detroit mayor now with reaction. let's listen in. >> let me just say that the judge has spoken, and i do think it's a tough day for all of us here in detroit. i believe since i came to office, with the crisis that we had, this was
to that deadly plane crash in new york. >>> welcome back to al jazeera america. i'm stephanie sy. a major u.s. employer has gone from no smoking at work to sno smokers at work. the insurance company, significant ga now says it won't higher people who test positive for tobacco use. >>> cigna is one of the leading insurance companies on the planet. and today the company announced it is changing its hiring policy. telling future employees you cannot work for us if you smoke, chew tobacco or use e-cigarettes. on tuesday the company announced starting january 1st, 2014, all perspective employees will not only be tested for drug use, but also nicotine use. >> a nationwide company is going to have to taylor their policies to the particular state it is. >> it plans to roll out its policies in select states where is it legal to do so, currently 21 states allow companies to test for nicotine in a statement cigna tells al jazeera . . . cigna believes the company has a responsibility to encourage its employees to be healthy and lead by example. the move is also designed to reduce long-term healthcare c
to al jazeera america, i'm stephanie sy, here are today's headlines. south africa will hold more than a week of memorials in honor of nelson mandela. a public service will be held tuesday at a johannesberg stadium. mandela will be buried on sunday december 15th, following a state funeral. president obama is among the world leaders expected to attend. the u.s. economy added more than 200,000 jobs in november. the unemployment rate is now 7%. it's lowest point in five years. the southwestern united states is being battered by heavy, wintery weather. decides freezing rain a thunder and lightning storm could sweep across texas, arkansas, and oklahoma. france is putting more boots on the ground to help stop the violence in africa. african heads of state are meet in france to talk about the situation. but as jackry roland reports the day began with thoughts on the passing of nelson mandela. >> the president opened the meeting with a moment of silence in honor of mandela. and then went on to outline the meeting, in particular the situation the central african republic. he also said other key
>> welcome to al jazeeraamerica. i'm stephanie sy. here are the top stories we're following this. >> defense secretary chuck hagel met with troops in afghanistan and spoke in bahrain about keeping u.s. troops in the region. >>> thousands rally in bangkok as the crisis deep bees in thailand. calling for new elections. this when the country's main opposition party resigned in office. >>> the demonstration in ukrai ukraine, over closer ties with russia. >>> people around south africa took part in a national day of prayer to remember nelson mandela. memorial service set to take place on tuesday. >>> the mid atlantic and the northeast are getting hit by a bout of winter weather. drivers are facing treacherous conditions as a result of snow ice and rain. those are the headlines. talk to al jazeera is up next. sanctions. tehran says its ultimate goal is a permanent solution that could program. >> nuclear weapons have no place whatsoever in our defense doctorine. >> what was concluded in geneva last night is not a historic agreement. it's a historic mistake. >> many aftcountries, particu
discussion. until our next show waj and i check check >>> welcome to al jazeera america. i'm stephanie sy. here are the top stories we are following at this hour - the mid-atlantic and north-east are getting hit by an early dose of wintser weather. thousands of flights have been cancelled and drivers are facing terrible conditions. >> defense secretary chuck hagel has arrived in pakistan and plans to discuss security threats with the prime minister. he met with troops in afghanistan and spoke with bahrain about keeping soldiers in the re
will attend. welcome to al jazeera america. i'm stephanie sy. nic in addition to the citizens of south africa dignitaries will attend. president obama will speak. he met nelson mandela at a washington d.c. hotel in 2005 when he was a senator. bill clinton, george w. bush and jimmy carter also part of delegation. >> david cameron, hamid karzai, steven harper. ban ki-moon, will people, and former general secretary kofi annan. prince charles is representing the throne. we'll have more from south africa with ali velshi who is on the ground. men american forces are being called on. chuck hagel is ordering the u.s. military to transport troops. 400 have been killed in fighting between christians and muslim groups. we go to the capital where the french troops are diffusing the crisis. looking like a muslim here can make you a target. the man dressed in white is surrounded by local christians. they say he's a seleka general. they want to kill him. he says he's a local businessman. the french intervene ordering people to move away. they arrest a muslim man taking him away. in another suburb of the cit
jazeera america. i'm stephanie sy. south america's wealthiest country has a new leader. left-wing candidate michelle bachelet has been elected president for a second time. al jazeera's correspondent has the latest on the victory. >> she's back. chillie's most popular former president michelle bachelet elected again on the promise of reforms, so make south america's stable economy more equal. >> it is time for a new constitution, for a democracy this ensures rights for people, guaranteeing the future voice of the poor majority will not be silenced in the minority. >> michelle bachelet's personal appeal is unquestionable. >> i'm thrilled. michelle bachelet is an amazing woman whose thoughts will guarantee my son will study for free. >> rob matheson math. >> eu was clearly -- mathieu was clearly no match. >> the current government is making the point that it matters how you vote, if not a lot vote you don't have a mandate. if you don't have a mandate, you can't do the reforms you want to do. >> this will not be michelle bachelet's biggest challenge. over the last few weeks miche
>>> you're watching al jazeera america, i'm stephanie sy in new york. here are the top stories we are following: a new president has been showns in chile, former president michelle bachelet has won a run-off election and promised sweeping changes, education and high corporate taxes. she served as president from 2006 to 2010. >> the battle for syria's largest city intensified. 36 were killed when government helicopters dropped bombs on the northern city of aleppo. half of those killed were children. the video was uploaded by activists and cannot be independently verified. the european union put the talks on trade talks with ukraine. tens of thousands demanded that leaders sign the deal, instead of closening ties with russia, john mccain and chris murphy travelled to support the protesters. >> nelson mandela has been laid to rest. the cameras were turned off for the burial. british actor tool your died in london after a long illness, he was known for his role in "lawrence of arabia," he was me to stand before you today. >> i never heard him say that he was grateful to the united sta
of the road, the volkswagen bus. >> welcome to al jazeera america, i'm stephanie sy. edward snowden is claiming victory now that a federal judge came out against the bulk collection of telephone records, saying it may be unconstitutional. al jazeera's mike viqueira has more from washington. >> it was a surprise ruling from a federal judge in washington. judge richard leon ruled that the phone metadata collection is likely in violation of the constitution, specifically the fourth amendment prohibitions against unreasonable search and seizure. >> the judge wrote: >> in the ruling judge leon stayed the injunction, he wants to give the government time to appeal. for the time being the metadata collection conditions on, there's a ruling that the government will defend on appeal. >> the white house deferred action to the department of justice. they put out a statement, saying they have seen the court ruling, they are studying it: >> this is the secret court in the center the of the controversy, that hears appeals when the intelligence community wants to go for warrants and other tools to
stimulus. i'm ali velshi. thanks for watching us. ♪ >> welcome to al jazeera america. i'm stephanie sy. here are the top stories we are following at this hour. recommendations were released wednesday from the commission studying the national security agencies tactics, calling for an end to destroying massive amounts of telephone records. metadata should be held by service providers or a private third party with government access to the records granted only following a court order. the indian diplomat whose arrest caused an international uproar is at u.n. headquarters in new york. secretary of state uhuru kenyatta expressed regret when she was arrested and strip
of a polar bear is getting rave reviews. hello, welcome to al jazeera america. i'm stephanie sy. across the country holiday shoppers are contending with a massive security breach at one of the nation's top retailers. hackers have stolen the credit and debit card information of tens of millions of customers since black friday. some say they won't shop at target until the problem is fixed and the cull prits caught >> target says if you shopped at the stores between september 15th and december 19th credit card information could have been stolen. >> it's concerning. makes me want to check out my accounts. >> stolen information includes names, credit card numbers and expiration dates. >> i may be done shopping at target for a while. >> target has not revealed how it happened, but says it's fixed the problem and apologised to consumers. the company's ceo said: >> paula says she last used her debit card at a target in new york. this week she noticed is a $400 charge she never made. i thought i will not use my debit any more. i don't think the banks have it secure enough. it's not a matter of a
jazeera america. i'm stephanie sy with a look at today's top stories. a massive car bombing in beirut. a target of former finance minister who was an outspoken critic of the syrian president and hezbollah. renewed crackdown on protest necessary egypt. two dead and 350 arrested. >>> and a federal judge rules that the nsa surveillance is legal. just after another judge ruled
missions in world war ii. >> welcome to al jazeera america, i'm stephanie sy. there has been another bombing in the russian city of volgograd. at least 15 were killed in the attack on a trolley bus much the latest blast comes a day after 17 were killed in a suicide bombing in a train station in the same city. volgograd is 600 miles south of moscow and 600 north of sochi, where the olympics will be held in six weeks. this is the third such attack in the russian city in the past two months. the u.s. is condemning the attacks, saying it stands with russia against terrorism. peter sharp is in moscow with the latest >> the chaotic aftermath of an attack at a railway station in volgograd. a body lies on the ground as emergency services scramble to treat the survivors. police say a woman set off the device near a metal detector station. the station was packed with thousands leaving on christmas holidays. >> everything was covered with smoke. after 10 minutes i was able to see. inside the train station everything was destroyed >> the attack killed and injured dozens of people. >> translation
'm stephanie sy. here are the top stories we are following: the senate approved a sweeping defense bill addressing sexual assault in the military. it will block commanders from overturning court martial decisions. it goes to president obama for his signature. >> russian president vladimir putin signed a decree to pardon gaoled oil ty can -- ty can mikhail khordorkovsky, he argued he was gaoled foros
>>> welcome to al jazeera america. i'm stephanie sy. the engineer who was at the controls of the commuter train that derailed in new york city may have nodded off before the crash. that's according to a union rep who spoke with the driver william rockefeller. alcohol tests on the crew members were negative. >>> the governor of illinois says he will sign a bill that will eliminate the state's pension shortfall. opponents say it is unfair to workers and retirees who paid into the system. vice president joe biden was supposed to talk trade on his trip to china, instead it is talking about air space zone. >>> u.s. and other nato leaders are meeting in brussels. the deal would allow u.s. and nato troops to stay in the country until 2014. >>> hezbollah is blaming [ inaudible ] for the shooting of this man outside of his home in beirut. those are the headlines. i'm stephanie sy. $500 per stitch? consider this: how do hospitals th will it get better or worse with obamacare? also, an al jazeera exclusive brings new questions to light over iran's influentialing program. plus the en
to decisions. >> this is al jazeera america. i'm stephanie sy with a look at today's top stories. a massive car bombing in beirut. a target of former finance minister who was an outspoken critic of the syrian president and hezbollah. renewed crackdown on protest necessary egypt. two dead and 350 arrested. >>> and a federal judge rules that the nsa surveillance is legal. just after another judge ruled it wasn't, the supreme court may have to decide. >> an assassination in beirut, killing mohammed shehata. we're in beirut. >> a daring attack in the heart of beirut's posh downtown area. the car bomb killed former finance mint mohammed shehata. his car was tossed into the air and landed here. shehata. >>> the explosion took place just a short difference where shata had his office. security was very tight but not enough to fend off this attack. >> we were inside and felt class breaking and then an explosion happened. an explosion continued to break. we waited until it was all broken and went out and saw this. >> as you can see all the shops are damaged. all of this is tomorrow. terror
>> this is al jazeera america live from new york city. i'm stephanie sy with a look at the top stories. a deadly car bomb, in beirut. a renewed crackdown on protesters in egypt. three people are dead and 250 under arrest. >>> a federal judge rules the nsa phone surveillance program is legal just days after another judge said the opposite. now the supreme court will have to decide. >>> and more on target data security breach, the retailer says not to worry. an assassination today in beirut. a car bomb killed former finance minutes mohammed shata and five hours. shata was once lebanon' ambassador to the united states. the explosion happened in the upscale business district. dozens were injured. the united states and the u.s. security counsel condem councile attack. >> reporter: in the heart of beirut's posh downtown area. the car bomb killed former finance ambassador shata. his car was tossed in the air and landed here. avenues close aid and top adviser and leader in the anti-syria coalition. the explosion took place just a short distance where shata had his office. security has
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